Lack of flight operations, canceled Bundesliga match, traffic jams and canceled trains: snow and ice caused major disruption in Bavaria on Saturday. Flight operations at Munich Airport have been temporarily suspended, a spokesperson announced this morning. FC Bayern Munich’s home Bundesliga match against 1. FC Union Berlin in the afternoon has been cancelled. Many railway lines around the state capital Munich had to be closed.
In Ulm and Munich, passengers spent the night on trains. Heavy snowfall causes long-term traffic congestion on highways. People in other federal states also felt the consequences.
Flight operations were suspended until 6 a.m. on Sunday, according to a Munich Airport spokesman. Winter service is activated to restore safe operations. 760 planned flights were cancelled. Passengers are advised to check the status of their flights before going to the airport.
The suspension of flight operations due to snow in Munich also caused delays at Frankfurt Airport. A spokesman for airport operator Fraport said on Saturday morning that about 20 planes that were supposed to land in Munich were diverted to Frankfurt.
The home match between German football champion FC Bayern Munich and 1. FC Union Berlin in the Bundesliga will not be played on Saturday afternoon (15:30) due to chaos. This was announced by the Bundesliga club from Berlin and the transport company from Munich. It was said that it was decided that no whistles would be blown in the match due to safety risks for all involved.
With the pitch warming up at the Allianz Arena, the main concern was not the usability of the pitch, but safety and, above all, the travel of spectators, some of whom came from further afield to Munich. Hellabrunn Zoo in Munich also remained closed on Saturday due to heavy snowfall. It was stated that safety on the roads was endangered. The city advised citizens to avoid parks and green areas in general. According to the information obtained, Heim+Handwerk and Food&Life fairs in the fairgrounds were canceled due to limited traffic.
According to information provided by Deutsche Bahn, long-distance connections from the Bavarian capital to Salzburg, Innsbruck, Nuremberg, Stuttgart and Lindau have been canceled. The railway assumes the restrictions will continue throughout Saturday. “We recommend that trips to and from Munich be postponed,” the spokesman said.
As a dpa correspondent reported, a train from Stuttgart had to be converted into a night train at Ulm main station in the early morning hours. Deutsche Bahn also provided a train for passengers stranded at Munich Central Station.
Metros, buses and trams were initially stopped in the Bavarian capital on Saturday. Local public transport was also stopped in Augsburg. There were many accidents on the roads in Southern Bavaria; Most of these resulted in property damage, according to police.
Heavy snowfall causes long-term traffic jams on highways in Bavaria. Traffic congestion near Munich on the A8 motorway towards Salzburg has already reached 30 kilometers, an ADAC spokesman said on Saturday morning. There are currently 96 traffic jams longer than ten kilometers across Germany, all in Bavaria. A6 and A9 were also severely affected.
The spokesman said the auto club recommended temporarily avoiding unnecessary car journeys and, if so, driving only with winter equipment. Police in Upper Bavaria South appealed to the public to stay at home. Police, rescue services, fire and cleaning services are constantly working. Many small roads outside towns are closed by heavy snow or fallen trees.
A 54-year-old driver died in an accident on a snowy road in Baden-Württemberg. After turning 180 degrees, the man skidded and entered the oncoming lane on Emmingen-Liptingen, police announced on Saturday. There he collided with a pickup truck on Friday evening.
In other German federal states the weather was mostly freezing cold, but no accidents were reported for now. Hamburg reported five centimeters of fresh snow. Cleaning tools were said to be in use.
According to the German Weather Service, the highest amount of new snowfall on Saturday afternoon is expected in the Allgäu region, with 30 to 40 centimeters. Fresh snowfall of up to ten centimeters is possible in Saxony. In addition, frequent snowfall is expected on the North and Baltic Sea coasts and the surrounding interior areas, which will spread to the low mountain ranges in the north during the day. Light permanent frost is expected throughout the day. Only some places along the Rhine and the Emsland and directly by the sea will be temporarily frost-free.
It was stated that severe frost could be expected on Sunday night, especially in Schleswig-Holstein and the southwestern mountains, with temperatures between minus 10 and minus 15 degrees.